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Employment increases 10 percent in Hawaii from July 2020 to July 2021

August 24, 2021

Nonfarm payroll employment increased in all 50 states and the District of Columbia from July 2020 to July 2021. The largest percentage increases occurred in Hawaii (+10.0 percent), Vermont (+8.9 percent), and Nevada (+8.2 percent).

Percent change in nonfarm employment, July 2020 to July 2021 and February 2020 to July 2021
State 12-month percent change Percent change since February 2020

Hawaii

10.0% -12.0%

Vermont

8.9 -4.0

Nevada

8.2 -7.4

Massachusetts

7.8 -6.2

Maine

7.1 -3.5

Rhode Island

7.1 -5.6

New York

7.0 -9.0

New Jersey

6.7 -6.5

North Carolina

6.3 -1.0

Alaska

6.2 -7.6

Utah

6.0 2.7

Texas

6.0 -2.0

Arizona

5.9 -0.7

Georgia

5.8 -2.0

Washington

5.8 -3.2

New Hampshire

5.5 -4.4

California

5.5 -6.4

Colorado

5.4 -3.0

Maryland

5.3 -4.3

Idaho

5.1 2.2

Connecticut

4.9 -5.7

Tennessee

4.8 -2.1

South Carolina

4.8 -2.6

Minnesota

4.7 -5.0

South Dakota

4.6 -1.0

Michigan

4.6 -6.4

Oregon

4.4 -5.0

Montana

4.2 -0.7

Florida

4.2 -3.5

Delaware

4.2 -3.6

Illinois

4.2 -5.7

West Virginia

4.1 -3.8

Pennsylvania

4.0 -5.9

Mississippi

3.8 -2.3

Alabama

3.8 -2.7

Wisconsin

3.8 -3.8

Virginia

3.8 -4.6

New Mexico

3.8 -6.1

North Dakota

3.7 -5.2

Nebraska

3.6 -1.9

Arkansas

3.4 -1.7

District of Columbia

3.4 -6.6

Louisiana

3.2 -7.2

Iowa

3.1 -3.7

Wyoming

3.1 -5.1

Missouri

3.0 -3.1

Indiana

3.0 -3.3

Ohio

2.8 -4.8

Kansas

2.7 -3.3

Kentucky

2.7 -5.0

Oklahoma

1.6 -4.3

From June 2021 to July 2021, 20 states had employment increases greater than or equal to 5.0 percent. During this period, the smallest gains in employment were in Oklahoma (+1.6 percent), Kansas (+2.7 percent), and Kentucky (+2.7 percent).

Although all states had employment increases over the year, few had recovered their employment to their levels before the COVID-19 pandemic. From February 2020 to July 2021, employment increased in Utah (+2.7 percent) and Idaho (+2.2 percent). The largest decreases were in Hawaii (−12.0 percent), New York (−9.0 percent), and Alaska (−7.6 percent).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "State Employment and Unemployment — July 2021." For more charts and tables of state employment and unemployment data, see the state chart package.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment increases 10 percent in Hawaii from July 2020 to July 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/employment-increases-10-percent-in-hawaii-from-july-2020-to-july-2021.htm (visited November 27, 2021).

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